Sunday, 29 January 2017

Club Report - A Talk By Glyn Bareham ARPS CPAGB

Marjorie Burge writes:

A good evening on Friday 27th January when Glyn Bareham ARPS CPAGB showed us some of his prints under the title of ‘Seeing or Just Looking’. Glyn, a member of Seaford Photographic Society and Invicta Photographic Club, is a long-standing friend of APS and always welcome. The first hour was given over to pictures from his travels around the coast. Glyn made it quite clear that these pictures were taken to please himself, not for entering into competitions. He liked minimalist and simplistic scenes, shapes and silhouettes, loved his sky and diffused lighting through the clouds. Some of his images told stories that were only apparent once explained to the viewer, holding secrets that only Glyn recognised. Not all new prints, some from film, and even some from slides. Lovely images, carefully explained. Then images of sculptures, and shapes, and more experimental photography to please himself. Very emotionally involved in his photography - as the title of his talk said, more seeing than just looking.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

2016 APS Inter-Schools Print Competition

Students from Homewood, Ashford, Highworth and the Norton Knatchbull schools gathered in The Sinden Theatre at Homewood School on Wednesday 25th January for the culmination of the 2016 Inter-Schools Print Competition, organised by Ashford Photographic Society and sponsored by Givaudan.

Entries came from 11 to 15’s and 16’s and over, each group being able to enter in colour or black and white, in Landscape, Natural History, Portraiture, Photo-Journalism, Pictorial and Artistic Interpretation. George Pearson DPAGB, who judged the competition, said that the overall quality was very high in all groups and he was very impressed by the imagination and enthusiasm of the photographers. All prints entered were on display for family and friends to see and the winning photographs were projected, so that the judge could explain what it was he saw in the pictures that made him choose them. Cups, certificates and prizes were handed to the winning students by Neville Marsh DPAGB LRPS BPE3*, President of Ashford Photographic Society.

The winning school this year was Norton Knatchbull, very closely followed by Highworth (just 1 point in it).

Ashford Photographic Society would like to say how pleased they are to be able to bring this competition to the schools, made possible by the generous sponsorship of Givaudan. Thank you also to Homewood School for hosting the competition and to the staff who gave of their valuable time to help in making it all run smoothly. This year, 2017, it is hoped that the competition will be hosted by the Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford. If more schools would like to join in with this year’s competition APS would be pleased to hear from them, and contact can be made through our website at www.ashfordps.org.uk.


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Brands Hatch Winter Stages Rally Outing

Sean Harding writes:

A few members went up to Brands Hatch on Saturday for a very cold 1st outing for 2017.  The event was MGJ Engineering Winter Stages Rally.  With eight stages totalling 45 miles using many roads in and out of the circuit also sometimes running reverse to the normal circuit with very icy conditions it was entertaining for the spectators.  There was 90 cars entering from Ford Escort Mk1, Ferrari 308 and Subaru Imprezas it was great up to get up close to the cars and Drivers.

Many Thanks for the APS members who come along and braved the cold weather.

by Sean Harding

by Sean Harding

by Sean Harding

by Sean Harding

by Sean Harding

by Graeme Andrews

by Graeme Andrews

by Graeme Andrews

by Suie Tomasini

by Suie Tomasini

by Kalysha Howard-Smith

by Kalysha Howard-Smith

by Kalysha Howard-Smith

Club Report - A Talk By Stuart Thompson ARPS CPAGB

Marjorie Burge writes:

Friday 20th January was down in our Handbook as an ‘informal discussion evening’ and everyone had an opportunity to put forward ideas to make life more exciting at APS.  A suggestion to improve the content and quality of the Handbook by including images from the previous season was quickly taken up and Karen will now be our Handbook Co-ordinator.

For the second half of the evening Stuart Thompson ARPS talked us through his ARPS panel entitled The Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Project. A love of steam trains, as well as photography, saw him taking almost three years to put his 15 prints together, starting with walking the route from Hythe to Dungeness during which time he got to know not only the railway but also the people involved. Stuart explained the help given by the RPS judges in putting his panel together, showing rejected images as well as the ones finally chosen. Stuart’s panel was in black and white, converted from colour, and was entered in the Applied category. Different angles and viewpoints were required and Stuart discovered the joy of lying down in ditches to make this possible. He was advised to find something that hadn’t been done before. Keep it simple said the judges, and although this might apply to the final images it certainly didn’t apply to the time, energy and dedication on Stuart’s part to achieve his ARPS. We were all most impressed.

You can see Stuart's ARPS panel here http://ashfordps.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/congratulations-stuart-thompson-arps.html

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Club Report – 4th PDI Competition (Friday 13th Dec) p2

Here are the results for the 4th PDI Competition, judged by Kirsty Ralfs LRPS.

Division 1:  1st Anthony Wright with Twilight At Loch Broom, 2nd Garry Shorter with Backhand Winner, 3rd Neville Marsh with Side By Side

Backhand Winner by Gary Shorter

Division 2:  1st Mark Caldwell with St. Clements, 2nd David Hughes with Abandoned, 3rd Mark Caldwell with Circular Church

Abandoned by David Hughes
                                                                       
Division 3:  1st Phil Drury with Bearded Tit, 2nd Karen Saunders with The Last Mile, 3rd Neil French with Eye To Eye With Vespula Vulgaris (Common Wasp)

Eye To Eye With Vespula Vulgaris (Common Wasp) by Neil French

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Club Report – 4th PDI Competition (Friday 13th Dec) p1

Marjorie Burge writes:

Friday 13th January, and unfortunately the snow and ice prevented Kirsty Ralfs LRPS, our judge for the 4th PDI Competition, from being with us on this evening. She sent her apologies. All is not lost, however, as we will be sending her the entries and she will be able to judge at home and let us have the results by the end of the week. There was a good attendance on the evening, so we ran the competition entries and threw it open for members to contribute to the evening by commenting on the images. There were many excellent would-be judges (as well as a few real judges) who took full advantage of the opportunity. It was also interesting to hear from the photographers themselves talking about their own images, as on normal competition evenings we sit quietly while the judge sometimes (not always) misunderstands our efforts completely. It also gave us just a little more time to enjoy the images.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Club Report - A Talk By Dave Mason

Philip Hinton writes:

This was our first meeting of the new year and due to unforeseen circumstances Cathy Roberts could not attend. Luckily, she was able to swap dates with Dave Mason, who is a member of Woolwich Aperture and the Mirage photo group. Dave has recently retired and moved to Kent but he still mainly works as a street photographer and he presented many outstanding examples of his best images. He gives talks to many camera clubs all over the country and this gives him a great opportunity to visit local shows and country fairs where he captures many of his sharply observed images. He also had a selection of images showing his love of the countryside with some digital manipulation of trees and flora and fauna.